I’ve written before about how I like to read the writings of those with whom I disagree. I actually started doing this in the late 90s when a friend of mine told me about the “review” of the South Park movie on a fundamentalist Christian movie review site called CAPAlert. In casual conversation, I would describe it as a family filmgoer guide (like what you see in many newspapers to help parents understand, beyond the ratings, whether a movie is appropriate for young children), on steroids and with a fundamentalist Christian spin. To the point that the Star Wars series is inappropriate because it embraces a religion that doesn’t have Jesus.
CAPAlert has been dormant for more than four years now. Stepping in to take its place is a website called Movieguide. Apart from being a bit more generous in its assessments of movies (any movie with a clearly defined hero, is a metaphor for Jesus by their standards) it seems a decent heir apparent to CAPAlert.
One thing that Movieguide does, that CAPAlert didn’t, is write essays regarding other matters of pop culture. Such was the case when they wrote a short article on a recent instagram feud between Candace Cameron Bure, former child star from the TV show Full House and sister to the comparably insane Kirk Cameron, and drag queen Bianca Del Rio.
The exchange went like this: Bure posted a picture of herself wearing a t-shirt that reads NOT TODAY SATAN. Del Rio, who first used that phrase in a public setting, responded politely (if moderately sarcastically) by saying “If only, this homophobic, republican knew….”
Bure went on the defensive and questioned Del Rio for being “so nasty to me”. She went on a tirade about how “loving Jesus” doesn’t automatically imply “hat[ing] gay people” (typical for people of this ilk. She doesn’t hate them. She just thinks that they’re just second class citizens and don’t deserve equal rights…) and accusing Del Rio for sending others to her page with equally hateful messages.
Movieguide was effusive in its praise of her response. I’m sure that some people were less polite than Del Rio in their comments but that goes with the territory of being famous and expressing an opinion. Don’t you just love that they hate political correctness up until the point when someone makes a comment that they personally consider offensive?
All of that said, it’s good to know that both Bure and Movieguide are in agreement that calling someone a “republican” is apparently an insult.